The Sharks locker room clean out day is tomorrow which means exit interviews. Players and coaches will give their final takes on the season, and it will likely be determined what happens to coach Todd McLellan. McLellan is highly regarded around the league and will likely get a job offer the second he is fired. For the Sharks though, things haven't gone well the past year and it may be time to part ways with the coach. According to David Pollak, McLellan's leave may be a "mutual agreement" between him and GM Doug Wilson.
Nobody should be surprised if coach Todd McLellan’s tenure behind the Sharks bench ends Wednesday.
But don’t necessarily expect a conventional firing. Signs indicate that a mutually agreed upon parting of the ways is more likely with both general manager Doug Wilson and McLellan acknowledging it is in everyone’s best interest for him to depart with one year left on his contract.
“Our coaching staff will come under that review, but I have to do my own personal review too,” he said. “I’m going to have my family together for the first time on Tuesday for a long time. My son will be back. We’ll get a chance to sit down and I’ll look at the impact that I think I’ve had and can have moving forward. We’ll go from there.”
Then he added: “I still feel close to the group that’s in the locker room, of course. We’ll see what happens.”
It was a year ago, on the night the Sharks were booted from the playoffs by the Los Angeles Kings after winning the first three games, that McLellan first sounded like a coach opening the exit door, even if subconsciously.
“When I look at it, I look at it as they fixed their problems, we didn’t. Our problems got progressively worse as we went along,” he said, adding later: “I’m in charge, I’m responsible for the group that performs on the ice. I have to accept that responsibility.”
The Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, and Edmonton Oilers look to be the frontrunners should McLellan leave the Sharks. We'll definitely know more about the situation tomorrow but on a positive note, McLellan will be the head coach of Team Canada at the World Championships this year.